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I am trying to become healthier, happier and bring more balance and harmony to my life!

For me, my journey has been a long one. I was at a high of 188, then I slimmed down to 145ish, size 6 by doing Atkins for my sister's wedding in 2001. Stayed there a little bit, then stress and not watching what I ate or doing enough exercise brought me back up to my high again. Then my company had a Biggest Loser contest, which I joined 2 years ago and got back down to my low and won the BL contest. But in 2008 I slacked and when back to the high 170's. I recommitted to Spark in July 2008, and again in January 2012 and have made my goal again, and I am determined to make sure I don't slip upward!

Some of the things I'm trying to do:
1) Eat "clean". We joined a farm share this summer and by eating all the fresh veggies and fruit it was really easy to lose weight. Most of our meals were veggie based as I didn't want to waste them, so we ate a lot of salads with topping of cheese or meat or beans for protein, or stirfry's with chicken or beef or beans, and whole wheat pasta with fresh steamed veggies. We ate huge portions, but veggies are low in calories, so we didn't feel deprived. Olive oil has become our primary fat for cooking.

2) I wanted to get exercise back in my life, and the wii exercise group challenges have been great motivation. Plus I try to do exercise in the morning, and have been walking every day. I think that the morning helps keep my metabolism higher for the day, and I am sleeping better too. Mixing up exercise helps to let the muscles that you worked out heal, and keeps you from getting too accustomed to one type. I started a C25K running program in April 2009.

3) Once I added in the exercise, SparkPeople reminded me to up my calories. This really didn't make sense to me until someone explained that if you "under feed" your system, then your metabolism slows down and makes it harder to lose. It's better to give yourself more fuel, in smaller meals throughout the day and that will keep your metabolism higher. So I tried it and spread my breakfast out (coffee or tea, then wait 1 hour and eat oatmeal, then wait another 2 hours and eat fruit, then 2 hours half my lunch, then 2 hours and the rest of my lunch or snack, then dinner) Before I wouldn't eat during th day because I was busy, or not hungry and then eat a huge dinner and go to bed. I rationed that since it was only one meal, then it didn't matter if it was a higher calorie meal. That was really bad for me. So I started by stopping eating after 9:00, then I was hungry for breakfast and lunch. Then by breaking up the meals into smaller, I never got super hungry again. And the fruit has taken away my cravings for additional sweets. I wish I knew this years ago!

And by calorie cycling, (some days higher when I work out more, and other days lower) I think that keeps me from getting into a routine and slowing my metabolism again.

4) Now that I am feeling lighter, and more active, I am trying more strength building exercises. Wii Fit, yoga, pilates and some weight machines. I know that this is helping to tone me, and keep my metabolism higher.

So from July to April 2009, I am 35 pounds lighter and have gone from a 14 to a 8/6.

Member Since: 4/24/2006

Fitness Minutes: 27,809

My Goals:
I reached my original goal of losing 40 pounds and reaching a healthy weight! Recommitting to get back to that goal again in 2012.

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I'm trying to eat healthier - with less simple carbohydrates, good protein and fats, and lots of vegetables and fruits.

I also like to walk, hike and bicycle.

I just started the C25K program again.

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Our family includes 2 ferrets: Pan & Emery. We are part of a rescue group for ferrets.

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